Most would probably associate a spinning sensation with vertigo. That is one of the most common symptoms experienced by a person with the condition. There is another form of vertigo called cervical vertigo, and there is no spinning sensation associated with it. What is cervical vertigo? How can it be identified? How can you get help for coping with this condition?
What Cervical Vertigo Is
Instead of a dizzy feeling, this condition can cause a person to feel unsteady. This happens because of sporadic and involuntary repositioning of the neck. Seeing as the condition does not present the same sensations, other symptoms can help determine if one has cervical vertigo. Some common ones are listed below.
- Neck stiffness/ Neck pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Ear fullness
- Visual disturbances
- Poor concentration/ Poor memory
- Upper extremity radiculopathy
If it has been determined that an individual has this type of vertigo, what can be done about it?
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Spinal Health and Cervical Vertigo
While medical professionals are not clear on the cause of cervical vertigo, many theories center on the upper cervical region of the spine. Whiplash, age, wear and tear, and the like can cause the uppermost vertebrae to come out if its proper position. This misalignment can hinder normal nerve function, especially in the way of communication with the brainstem and the rest of the body.
For example, the vestibular nuclei are an important channel of communication and if impeded can lead to dysfunction. The good news is that if there is a misalignment of the upper cervical vertebrae, it can be coaxed back into its correct position. An upper cervical chiropractor can examine the region, take the necessary measurements, and then make gentle adjustments to ease the bones back into position. Realignment releases pressure off the brainstem and aids in reopening pathways of communication. From there, natural healing can occur, and normal function can resume.